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These are the weather-related cancellations or closings for Friday, Jan. 24. We will make updates as we receive them.

Catch-a-Ride volunteer transportation services are cancelled for the day. Area Agency on Aging – Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) will not be delivered today. Nutrition Centers are closed today.

Get the latest on any Johnson County Park and Recreation District cancellations and closings at this link.

Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) is the agency of Johnson County government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency regularly serves more than 500 people each day through a broad array of community-based programs and supports.

Designated as Johnson County's Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO), JCDS also offers a single point of entry for those seeking DD services, determines eligibility for services, and coordinates a network of more than 70 Johnson County providers.

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Hearts Alive Arts and Crafts Sale returning Feb. 10, 2020
January 10, 2020

Papercrete WorksWe invite you to join us for the second annual Johnson County Developmental Supports Hearts Alive event, a Papercrete Works Valentine arts and crafts sale featuring artwork by Emerging Artists.

This all-day event will have pieces created by artists in the Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works programs. Attendees can customize and create gifts perfect for Valentine’s Day or purchase handmade art created by talented individuals who are served by JCDS.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

Where: Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

Who: JCDS Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works staff, JCDS staff, and community members

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Project SEARCH Informational Meetings scheduled Jan. 23 & Feb. 4, 2020
January 7, 2020

Project SEARCH Intern

Families are invited to attend a Johnson County Developmental Supports Project SEARCH Informational Meeting to learn more about the program. The meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. and families can choose to attend one of two sessions: Jan. 23 or Feb. 4, 2020 at the Johnson County Administration Building, located at 111 S. Cherry St. in Olathe, lower level room 200.

Project SEARCH is an education and employment program model for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. JCDS is eager to implement their seventh year of Project SEARCH beginning in August 2020.

Interns will spend their time immersed in a host business site, completing three internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable skills. The goal of the program is employment for each intern -- defined as a minimum of 16 hours per week in a competitive, integrated setting, earning prevailing wage or higher.

Interested parties can register for free on Eventbrite for the January or the February session.

For more information, please contact Forrest Austin by email or by phone at 913-826-2278.

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JCDS receives accreditation from international accreditation service CQL
October 22, 2019

Johnson County Developmental Supports is proud to announce that we have received the three-year Basic Assurances® Accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership. JCDS had been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for more than 30 years. JCDS is the largest provider of intellectual and developmental disabilities services in Johnson County.

“As a continuously improving organization, we made the decision to pursue accreditation with CQL to help our agency focus on the individual outcomes for the people we support,” said JCDS Executive Director Chad VonAhnen. “This partnership will offer resources to support our organization as we continue to excel in providing exceptional services to people with IDD.”

Founded in 1969, CQL is an international accreditation, training, certification, research and consultation service. The accreditation process included a robust self-assessment and a weeklong onsite visit where CQL representatives met with staff and individuals served. They also visited various offsite locations around the county to view residential services and community employment.

“CQL’s mission and vision align with ours, so we’re able to collaborate in providing choice-driven supports and advocating alongside the people we serve,” said JCDS Director of Quality and Engagement Ann Dorsey who spearheaded the agency’s transition to CQL. “We’re excited to grow as an agency and are confident our new partnership will be a great benefit to staff and the people we serve.”

BOCC proclaim October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 11, 2019

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation on Oct. 3, 2019 proclaiming October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

As JCDS has grown through the years, the focus of supports has moved significantly toward employment first. The unemployment rate in the U.S. for people with disabilities is twice the rate of those without a disability.

JCDS employment services include End-Dependence Kansas, which is a five-year initiative funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education; Project SEARCH, which is a national internship program facilitated through the agency; and traditional employment, which is provided through Vocational Rehabilitation services from the Kansas Department of Children and Families. There are additional supported employment opportunities, such as through Papercrete Works, Emerging Artists, onsite work services and supported community employment. Learn more.

Shelly May, Amy Fair and Casey Olinger were there to accept the proclamation. Check it out below:

BOCC recognizes Papercrete Works
September 24, 2019

BOCC RecognitionA county program called Papercrete Works that provides community employment opportunities for people with disabilities, along with the county team who manages the program, received recognition from the Board of County Commissioners today.

Papercrete Works is a program of Johnson County Developmental Supports, a Johnson County Government agency that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Individuals served and staff work together to create papercrete (a mixture of recycled paper, water and cement) and mold it into products they then decorate and sell. Twelve individuals are part of this daily operation and earn income.

“Learning the skills it takes to be independent, earning your own wages, creating your own pieces…I know there is a lot of pride that goes into their work,” said Micah Wickstrom, Papercrete Works coordinator, who won a Leadership in Action award earlier this year for her work with this program.

To learn more about this program, we invite you to watch this video.


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Note: The article is courtesy of the Johnson County PIO.


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Upcoming Events

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Tue, 01/28/2020 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 6:00pm

Project SEARCH Informational Meeting

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 9:00am

Hearts Alive Arts and Crafts Sale

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting